Nov. 25, 2012
Evanston, Ill. - Northwestern used a 23-5 run that bridged the two halves to take control as Loyola dropped an 80-53 decision to the Wildcats this afternoon at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. Loyola (3-2) sees its three-game winning streak snapped while NU stays perfect, moving to 5-0 on the year.
"I thought that Northwestern used its inside game effectively and hurt us a bit in transition," said head coach Eric Simpson. "We missed some shots that we might normally make and never really had a good offensive flow today."
Loyola got off to a decent start, using four points apiece from Simone Law and Taylor Johnson to grab an early 8-7 lead. Northwestern rattled off nine straight points to open up an eight-point edge but Patrice King buried a three-pointer and scored again off a steal to pull LU within three with seven minutes elapsed. The Ramblers went cold but they were still within eight (27-19) after another Johnson bucket but Northwestern rattled off 17 of the last 22 points of the half and scored the first six of the second half to take command.
One of the bright spots in the second half was the shooting of sophomore Katie Faught, who came in and drilled three three-pointers en route to a career-high 11 points in 10 second-half minutes.
Loyola struggled to shoot the ball all day, shooting 34% from the floor and 46% (6 of 13) from the free throw line while Northwestern shot a blazing 55% for the game.
Faught led the Ramblers with those 11 points with Law (10 points) and King (10 points) also reaching double figures.
Loyola returns to action next Friday night when it travels to DeKalb to take on Northern Illinois at 7 p.m.